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D’Krunk /dəkrə́ŋk/ (female)

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One of the quarter’s most striking 4-syllable names, Marvengelist is an engaging little number that’s just perfect for a brand new baby boy. With the worldly mystique of a depression-era magician and the heady gravitas of an evangelical preacher, this name has enough oomph to make even the most boring child seem interesting. Despite everything it has going for it, Marvengelist has been only minima...

Not long ago, Name Enthusiast Quarterly’s Vernon Devry got himself into hot water when he tactlessly called the name Mckenna ‘vapid name-garbage.’ Here at World’s Best Baby Names, our distaste for that unfortunate modern staple is not quite so passionate as Devry’s, but it has always been vocal. In fact, McKenna has been near the top of our ‘Don’t List’ for the last five years! You may find it odd...

Unless you’ve had your ears plugged for the last six months, you’ve no doubt already come across this spiffy little number. With a blistering rhyme structure that makes its already brief three syllables feel like only two, Maxifrax plays it fast and loose all day long. Not only does this name offer a much-needed alternative to Maxwell and Maximilian, it also provides an additional nickname option:...

Maurning’s greatest strength lies in its vague spelling. This very deliberate choice on the part of the name’s creators allows it to phonetically evoke both “morning” and “mourning,” without having to explicitly claim either word. This gives Maurning the strange sense of flexibility that is likely responsible for its recent explosion on the scene. Critics, however, have protested that this eye-of-...

When this name is mispronounced, it tends to be as: “maniac a.” This, of course is an utter butchery of the name’s true pronunciation, which is exactly like that of the word “maniacal,” but without its closing consonant. The fact that this is literally the only bad thing about this name is one of the reasons you can expect your new baby’s daycare to be filled with Maniacas. More than just a thing...

Though it sounds quite bland and simplistic to the untrained ear, Mugg consistently surprises with its versatility. By invoking both the reliable weight of your favourite coffee mug and the blurry menace of a mugshot, this delightful name allows itself room to be whatever your child makes of it. And if that isn’t enough to get your motor running, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s new baby boy w...

Due to the blatant homage to the folk demon, Mephistopheles, this name is often referred to as “the demonic Christopher.” While this does cause its popularity to suffer amongst parents who find this reference off-putting, it is nevertheless favoured heavily by Satanists, teenage parents, and die-hard fans of The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus. Mephistopher may never reach the Global Top 100, b...

A favourite of aging goths who, one can only assume, never quite got over their obsession with the macabre, this name is particularly interesting in that it simply takes an existing word, “Malaria,” and alters its pronuncial structure to create something that resembles the word, “ballerina.”  While most would argue that the name’s only possible ancestor is the word ‘malaria’ itself, many cite Mari...

Some names are notable for their ability to straddle lines that have been drawn between established styles. Miracula’s strength is just the opposite, as this new name has both of its elegantly-shoed feet planted firmly in the world of magic and fantasy. The overt reference to “Dracula’ in the second half of the name also lends a healthy dose of menace. Whoever your child ends up being, this name w...

Ever since U2 released their hit song “A Girl Named Magiglet” last December, this name has been on the tip of everyone’s tongue. The verdict is unanimous: Boy, does it taste sweet! For a name to go from literal nonexistence to complete saturation of the marketplace overnight isn’t unheard of, but it is extremely rare and special (According to January’s issue of Baby Historian, the last known occur...

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"Pam is a family name and when I had our little girl, I thought I'd have to settle on Pamela until I heard Pamples. All the convenience of Pam, none of the ugliness of Pamela. It's perfect!"

 

- Darlene, Madison WI

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